The Black Dog Video Newsletter Dec 31 – Jan 6 “Last Night Edition”


Well this is it, the last day of the year and the decade. Weird. Hoping for good things for all of you in the new year. There will be some notable changes happening at Black Dog in 2020. Details will be made available when they are made clear to us. In the meantime, have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve no matter what you’re up to. Me? I’ll be at home with the family sipping bubbly and watching movies. Just like any other day (maybe not the bubbly part).

We’re starting to do our best of the year wrap up thingies. Becky and Josie have chimed in with theirs – check the bottom of this newsletter.

New Releases!


Big Little Lies Season 2 – What are these nice (mostly) rich ladies up to in season 2? Fighting crime? Solving global warming? Assassinating the President? Only one way to find out, I guess.


Joker – Might be the most controversial film of the year as some thought it would incite rioting in the streets or something. Relax, folks, it’s just a movie. I thought it was pretty good (some parts I did not like) and the kid who plays Joker was awesome.


Judy – Renee Zellweger is Judy Garland in this singing and sadness bio-pic.


Million Little Pieces – Dude does too many drugs and writes a book about the drugs which may be true or untrue. You decide!

Coming Soon!

The Lighthouse
Gemini Man
Veep Season 7
Code 8
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

And as promised here’s Becky’s list!

10. Her Smell – I like movies where people have some sort of breakdown, and Her Smell delivers 100%. Elisabeth Moss plays a washed up punk singer who comes face to face with her addiction and mental health issues over time. Told in frenetic vignettes, we watch Becky Something hit rock bottom and crawl her way back up again hanging on to just a shred of her former fame.
9. Booksmart – As much as I love to be scared, I also love to laugh. Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart hit all the right notes as a comedy – raunchy but sweet, stupid but entertaining. Amy and Molly are two straight-A students who have one night left to party before college, so they make sure they go out with a bang. Watch two extremely likeable friends get into a bit of trouble and have the night of their lives.
8. The Lodge – This one’s a bit of a cheat since I saw it at VIFF and it doesn’t really hit theatres until February, but I loved it so it’s going on the list. Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala first made their mark in the horror genre in 2014 with Goodnight Mommy, an ambitious story about the darkness that can lurk within children. The Lodge takes it to the next level, telling the story of a soon-to-be stepmother spending Christmas in an isolated cabin with her fiance’s deeply imaginative children. I’ll just leave it at that.
7. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – When it came out that Tarantino was doing a Manson retelling, people were largely divided. But, as Tarantino does, he created a pitch-perfect film that engages from beginning to brutal bloody end. What can I say? A stellar cast, fantastic music, engaging story, sharp writing… all things you can expect from this guy.
6. Honeyland – This moving documentary is about so much more than beekeeping. Come alongside Hatidze Muratovaj, a woman trying to make her way in Macedonia using ancient beekeeping practices. When a nomadic family becomes her neighbours, they begin to keep bees as well, but disregard her advice and simple way of living with devastating consequences. This story is told simply and beautifully, and every small moment feels important. Take a glimpse at a vanishing way of life while you can.
5. Midsommar – Ah, daylight folk horror. We don’t have enough of it. Ari Aster knows what makes people squirm (remember Hereditary?) and he brings it in full force with Midsommar. When a group of friends travel to Sweden for a festival that takes place every 90 years, they find themselves wrapped up in something a little more sinister than they expected. If you like The Wicker Man, check this one out.
4. Parasite – Nobody mashes genres together like Korean cinema, and Parasite is no exception. It features two families: one wealthy (the Parks), the other poor and scraping to get by (the Kims). One by one, the Kims scheme to become employed by the wealthier family and use up the resources of the household. At some points a black comedy, at others a thriller, Parasite takes chances and turns corners you might not expect.
3. Beach Bum – Every now and then you need to watch something that makes you feel like nothing on earth matters. Beach Bum is that movie. Matthew McConaughey (playing himself, I presume) is Moondog, a stoner poet farting around the Florida Keys working on his next novel at the demand of his wife. Surrounded by a motley crew of characters, watch him be an idiot and somehow make everything work out despite it all. At the end you might feel like your time has been wasted. But what is time, anyway, man?
2. Honey Boy – Wow. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen such an earnest (if messy) film. Shia LaBeouf brings all his childhood trauma to the screen with Honey Boy, a story that largely features his childhood relationship with his father, who is played by Shia himself. Anyone who remembers Even Stevens will recognize this period of his life, and many will be shocked by what went on in the background of his young fame. Boasting strong performances from every actor (how does Lucas Hedges sound exactly like LaBeouf?) this is a film for those who appreciate things outside of a standard narrative. Sometimes funny, but always moving, Honey Boy is a must-watch for fans and the curious.
1. The Lighthouse – The Lighthouse isn’t for everyone, but it tops my list far and above the rest. Robert Eggers first wowed me with The Witch, so I was excited to see his latest film and boy did it deliver. This one’s for the acting fans with Dafoe and Pattinson absolutely blowing it out of the water with their performances. It’s the 1890s and two lighthouse keepers find themselves stranded on an island due to a storm. As time passes their minds begin to unravel and they dance between friend and foe, sanity and insanity, life and death. It’s atmospheric and gorgeous as hell, written like a Greek tragedy, full of strangeness and discomfort. I can’t wait to see it again.

And Josie is up to bat next and her picks can be found on her Letterboxd site here!

That’s it for this week/year/decade folks. It’s been a wild ride. Here’s hoping you all have a swell evening and hope to see you in the stores!


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The Black Dog Video Newsletter Dec 17-31 “End of Days (or Year) Edition!”


This will be the last newsletter of the year (2019) as we’re not expecting much in the line of films arriving at the stores until the first week of January. We are hoping to have a couple of nifty sale items before Christmas but it might be close. They might include another one of those gorgeous Godzilla Criterion sets, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood combos (available now!) as well as a lovely Suspiria Blu Ray!

Our Holiday Hours are as follows at BOTH locations…

Monday December 23rd – noon till ten
Tuesday December 24th – noon till 6 pm (may stay later if folks show up)
Wednesday the Christmas Day – Closed
Thursday the 26th – noon till 10pm.
Tuesday December 31st – noon till 8pm (may stay later if folks show up)
January 1st – noon till 10pm
Note – the two weeks from the 23rd to the 3rd, Cambie will open at noon.

New Releases!


Abominable – Three meddling teenagers must help a bloodthirsty Yeti find his way home in this animated family affair.


Ad Astra – Brad Pitt gets shot into space to find his dad and save the world. I’m really hoping his dad is played by Ed Asner.


Downton Abbey Movie – Find out what the gang is up to as the Royal Family pops in for a visit. Will Carson unfurl his brow? Will Edith be sad? Will Jeeves fall down the stairs? Will Greasy Joe eat that sandwich? So many important questions!


Ghosts in the Graveyard – A ghost comes back to haunt some teens after they saw her become a ghost in the graveyard! Sung to the tune of Mirror in the Bathroom.


The Happy Prince – (On the shelves tomorrow or Thursday!) – Rupert Everett is Oscar Wilde (at least in this film where he also writes and directs) who said one of my favourite quotes – “Everything in moderation. Including moderation.”


Linda Ronstadt: Sound of My Voice – Swell documentary about the famed singing and her amazing pipes. (On the shelves tomorrow or Thursday!)


Long Day’s Journey into Night – Very well regarded mesmerizing nourish film tells the story of a guy going back to Guizhou to look for a missing woman. But it’s much more to it than that. (On the shelves tomorrow or Thursday!)


Queens of Mystery – Fun, BBC-soaked mystery comedy show about the wacky adventures of 3 sisters who solve crimes. (On the shelves tomorrow or Thursday!)


Rambo: Last Blood – Nothing says Christmas like Sylvester Stallone butchering some Mexicans!


Where’s my Roy Cohen? – Documentary about the evil mastermind responsible for launching trash like Joseph McCarthy and Trump into our faces and creating the current nightmare that is American politics.

Coming Soon!

The Lighthouse
Big Little Lies Season 2
Paradise Hills
A Million Little Pieces

That’s it for this year folks! Please have a safe and wonderful holiday and I just wanted to say THANK YOU to all that continued to support us in these tough times. We couldn’t do it without you. Who knows what 2020 will bring (besides the best of the year/decade lists) but changes will be afoot at Black Dog Video. Stay tuned.

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter Dec 9-15 “Helping Us Help You by Helping Us Edition!”


Couple of weeks left till X marks the Mas. As mentioned before we have lots swell gift ideas – T-shirts, movies, gift certificates, movies – to stuff into various stockings. At the moment we have a 4K Blu Ray combo pack of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and will have some DVD/ Blu Ray combos soon as well. It’s a swell gift for the movie lover in your life. Hit us up if you’re interested as supplies are limited.

Also we have a Christmas-like podcast ready for you! Listen in as we contentiously discuss the movie Toys. Let the hilarity begin.

New Releases!


Freaks – What’s so scary outside their front door that dad has kept from his daughter? Monsters? Aliens? Battlesnakes? Freaks?


Hustlers – Fun heist type flick where a bunch of exotic dancers look to turn the tables on their sleazy Wall Street clients. Go strippers!


It Chapter II – Overly long, CGI heavy conclusion to the scary clown movie. Should have been better but worth a look nonetheless.


Loudest Voice – Russell Crowe is scumbag supreme Roger Ailes in this mini-series that documents the rise of Fox News, their invovlment in the GOP and his eventual downfall. Look everyone, a show where you hate all the people!


Lucky Day – QT ripoff/homage from the co-writer of Pulp Fiction. Can’t say to the quality of this motion picture.


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – A cinematic treat from QT. Loved this movie (judgement still out on the ending though). So much fun! It’ll be on my best of the year list.

Coming Soon!

Ad Astra
Downton Abbey Movie
Ghost in the Graveyard
Rambo Last Blood
Where’s My Roy Cohen

That’s it for this week, kids. Be safe. Be happy. Remember us in your dreams.

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The Black Dog Newsletter Dec 4-10 “Cloth Yourself, Heathen!” Edition!


We finally got a lovely new batch of T-shirts in stock at both stores! Check out the awesome new design done by the lovely and talented Vanessa! And we have more nice grey heather Fear and Loathing shirts created by the lovely and talented RJ! They would make wonderful gifts for all the folks you love/like/tolerate in your lives!

New Releases!
(on the shelves at Commercial now and Cambie St tomorrow!)


Honeyland – This one sounds interesting (won a bunch of awards and everything!) – When nomadic beekeepers invade their land, the last female bee-hunter (is that a thing?) must save the bees and return the natural balance to Honeyland!


Ophelia – The story of Hamlet told through Ophelia’s eyes. And those eyes belong to Star Wars lady, Daisy Ridley!


Ready or Not – Fun mystery/suspense/horror thing finds a nice new bride being forced to participate in a terrifying wedding night game with her fresh new in-laws. Pretty fun stuff for a cool winter’s eve.


Spanish Princess – Acclaimed mini-series finds Catherine of Aragorn (not the Lord of the Rings guy, or is it?!) working her way through the royal family with her eye on the thrown.


Those Who Kill – Tense mini-series from Denmark finds some investigators hot on the trail of kidnappers who kidnap people. From the fine folks who brought you The Killing.


Yellowstone Season 2 (Cambie st only) – Season 2 of this fine western type show that finds Kevin Costner fighting against those who encroach on his land including a certain talking bear who has a penchant for stealing pic-a-nic baskets.

Coming Soon (Like, Hopefully This Weekend!)

It: Chapter II
The Loudest Voice
Lucky Day
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (we’ll have a couple of extra 4K copies for sale at a swell price! First come, first serve!)

We have lots of nice things for sale to ram into folks stockings if that’s your thing. And if you need some suggestions on what to rent, look no further than HERE.

Thanks for listening. See you next week.

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